Pulse.com.gh logo
Go


Foreign Affairs Egypt defends Cyprus gas deal after Turkey criticism

In 2003 Egypt and Cyprus signed an agreement to set up an exclusive economic zone in the eastern Mediterranean to increase exploration for gas in the area.

  • Published:
Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry defended the legality of a 2003 maritime agreement with Cyprus play

Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry defended the legality of a 2003 maritime agreement with Cyprus

(AFP/File)

Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry on Thursday defended the legality of a 2003 maritime agreement with Cyprus to boost gas exploration after his Turkish counterpart called it "null and void".

In 2003 Egypt and Cyprus signed an agreement to set up an exclusive economic zone in the eastern Mediterranean to increase exploration for gas in the area.

Turkey, which has occupied the northern third of Cyprus since 1974, has repeatedly voiced opposition to drilling off Cyprus.

And ties between Cairo and Ankara have been strained since Egypt's army ousted Islamist president Mohamed Morsi in 2013.

In an interview with a Greek newspaper interview this week, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu dismissed the 2003 agreement between Cairo and Nicosia as "null and void".

Egyptian foreign ministry spokesman Ahmed Abu Zeid reacted on Wednesday by warning Turkey against "any attempt to infringe on Egypt's sovereign rights".

And on Thursday Shoukry insisted on the "validity of the accord", in statement to reporters.

Cyprus has been divided since 1974 when Turkish troops invaded and occupied the northern third of the island in response to a coup sponsored by the military junta then ruling Greece.

The European Union member has been actively searching for gas in the eastern Mediterranean.

But Turkey argues that the breakaway statelet of northern Cyprus it controls has rights to any reserves discovered.

Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim cautioned the Greek Cypriot government against "one-sided and dangerous" steps.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has also warned global companies to stay away from any energy deal with the Greek Cypriots or lose Ankara's friendship.

Earlier Thursday, Cyprus announced that exploratory drilling by Italy's ENI and France's Total have discovered "extensive" gas reserves off the Mediterranean island.

Energy Minister George Lakkotrypis said the data obtained "demonstrates the existence of an extensive column of pure gas".

Egypt, meanwhile, inaugurated in December the offshore Zohr gas field, said to be the biggest in the Mediterranean and discovered by ENI.

Do you ever witness news or have a story that should be featured on Pulse Ghana?
Submit your stories, pictures and videos to us now via WhatsApp: +233507713497, Social Media @pulseghana: #PulseEyewitness & DM or Email: eyewitness@pulse.com.gh.

Recommended Articles

Recommended Videos




Top Articles

1 Ghana Airport Review Ghana Airport Review: Which is the best airport in...bullet
2 Weird facts about Ghana These are the top 10 weird facts about Ghana...bullet
3 Elective Ghana Review Elective Ghana review: What is medical elective?bullet
4 Turkey-US Row Lira crashes as Trump piles on pressurebullet
5 In Italy 'Immense tragedy' as motorway bridge collapsesbullet
6 Korean Relations Koreas to hold Pyongyang summit in Septemberbullet
7 In Ecuador Twelve killed when bus with football fans crashesbullet
8 In India Myanmar detains Turkish media reporters for...bullet
9 In France Police on Mont Blanc duty try to keep climbers...bullet
10 Migration EU faces fresh standoff over Aquarius...bullet

Top Videos

1 Economies Countries where jobs are scarce and the cost of living is...bullet
2 Video Ghanaian Harvard student openly ‘assaulted’ by Policebullet
3 Shithole Comment US lawmakers wear Ghana's 'kente' to protest...bullet
4 Sex Robot Meet Solana, a sex robot with removable face and...bullet
5 Holy Fake News Pope says serpent temptation in Bible ‘first fake...bullet
6 Campaign Promises Meet the Indian politician who is promising...bullet

World